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4 redenen om Science Fiction serieus te nemen

Science fiction series en films lijken aan populariteit te winnen. Voor veel mensen is science fiction echter nog altijd iets voor ‘nerds’ en niet iets om je serieus – en al helemaal niet tijdens werktijd- mee bezig te houden. Wij vinden dat toekomstverkenners, strategen, onderzoekers en andere mensen die er […]

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Multiverses in “The Long Earth” (review)

The Long Earth is the produce of the collaboration between Science Fiction writer Stephen Baxter and my favourite fantasy writer: Discworld-author Terry Pratchett. It was published in June 2012 and, recently, in 2013 it’s sequel The Long War was published. The underlying social dilemma that is addressed in The Long […]

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Scenarios on contact with ETI

Scenarios are used for many different purposes and in all types of organisations. One of the most surprising and inspiring scenario studies I ever came across is the NASA & Pennsylvania State University study on whether contact with extra-terrestrials would benefit or harm humanity. The scenarios were published in 2011 […]

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Visionaries of the future: Arthur C Clarke

Arthur C Clarke (1917-2008) foresaw the evolution of science, but also helped creating this evolution. He asked us: who are we? Why are we here? And what is our place in the universe? His earliest work, Childhood’s end’, is the first in a series of Clarke’s ideas on alien contact […]

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Visionaries of the future: H.G. Wells

Herbert George Wells (1866-1946) considered himself more a social critic and historian than a fiction writer. At times he seemed convinced of the idea that humans would eventually annihilate themselves with advanced technology. But at other times he would point out technology’s possibilities to overcome for example racism, sexism and other […]

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Visionaries of the future: Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov (1920-1992) was aware of the risks of technology, but always celebrated the possibilities of science. He reinvented the way we see robots: instead of a threat to humankind, Asimov pictured robots as a huge aid to humans. Many see him as the first roboticist, ahead of his time […]

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Visionaries of the future: Robert Heinlein

Many experts see Robert Heinlein (1907-1988) as the father of modern social science fiction. Not only did he think about the technology and science of his time, his stories are also strongly influenced by world politics. Heinlein started out as a military (navy) man in his early twenties. He held the military […]

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Visionaries of the future: George Lucas

In a 1977 interview, George Lucas (1944) said ‘I would feel very good if someday they colonize Mars when I am ninety-three years old or whatever, and the leader of the first colony says: “I really did it because I was hoping there would be a Wookiee up here.’ With his Star Wars Saga, Lucas hoped […]

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Visionaries of the future: Philip K Dick

  Philip K Dick (1928-1982) published 44 novels and over 120 short stories in a career span of 30 years. He lived as a poor author, but is now seen as an ambassador of science fiction literature and as the scifi writer who not only sparked his readers imagination, but also […]

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